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Disability Studies and the Hebrew Bible

Jeremy Schipper

Disability Studies and the Hebrew Bible

Jeremy Schipper

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This unique interdisciplinary book uses a fresh approach to explore issues of disability in the Hebrew Bible. It examines how disability functions in the David Story (1 Samuel 16; 1 Kings 2) by paying special attention to Mephibosheth, the only biblical character with a disability as a sustained character trait. The David Story contains some of the Bible's most striking images of disability.

^Nonetheless, interpreters tend to focus on legal material rather than narratives when studying disability in the Hebrew Bible. Often, they neglect the David Story's complex use of disability. They overlook its use of disability imagery as open to critical interpretation because its stereotypical meanings may seem so commonplace and transparent. Yet recent work in the burgeoning field of disability studies presents disability as a complicated motif that demands more critical engagement than it typically receives

^Informed by exciting developments in the field, this book argues that the David Story employs disability imagery as a subtle mode of narrating and organizing various ideological positions regarding national identity. Images of disability emerge not as simple or isolated character descriptions, but carefully choreographed depictions that underwrite the poetics of the story.

This book starts an important and much needed conversation between biblical and disability studies, and in doing so makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the David Story.



- Publisher This standout volume employs a fresh approach to issues of disability in the Hebrew Bible. Schipper puts biblical and disability scholars into conversation by providing a close reading of Mephibosheth's role in the story of King David theoretically informed by disability studies. The David Story contains some of the Bible's most striking images of disability. Recent work in the field of disability studies presents disability as a complicated motif. Informed by the field's developments, Schipper argues that the David Story employs disability imagery as a subtle mode of narrating and organizing various ideological positions regarding national identity. This book demonstrates where both biblical and disability studies can enjoy the opportunity to engage critically with one another for the betterment of both fields. Book jacket.

- Publisher

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About "Disability Studies and the Hebrew Bible"

This unique interdisciplinary book uses a fresh approach to explore issues of disability in the Hebrew Bible. It examines how disability functions in the David Story (1 Samuel 16; 1 Kings 2) by paying special attention to Mephibosheth, the only biblical character with a disability as a sustained character trait. The David Story contains some of the Bible's most striking images of disability.

^Nonetheless, interpreters tend to focus on legal material rather than narratives when studying disability in the Hebrew Bible. Often, they neglect the David Story's complex use of disability. They overlook its use of disability imagery as open to critical interpretation because its stereotypical meanings may seem so commonplace and transparent. Yet recent work in the burgeoning field of disability studies presents disability as a complicated motif that demands more critical engagement than it typically receives

^Informed by exciting developments in the field, this book argues that the David Story employs disability imagery as a subtle mode of narrating and organizing various ideological positions regarding national identity. Images of disability emerge not as simple or isolated character descriptions, but carefully choreographed depictions that underwrite the poetics of the story.

This book starts an important and much needed conversation between biblical and disability studies, and in doing so makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the David Story.


- Publisher

This standout volume employs a fresh approach to issues of disability in the Hebrew Bible. Schipper puts biblical and disability scholars into conversation by providing a close reading of Mephibosheth's role in the story of King David theoretically informed by disability studies. The David Story contains some of the Bible's most striking images of disability. Recent work in the field of disability studies presents disability as a complicated motif. Informed by the field's developments, Schipper argues that the David Story employs disability imagery as a subtle mode of narrating and organizing various ideological positions regarding national identity. This book demonstrates where both biblical and disability studies can enjoy the opportunity to engage critically with one another for the betterment of both fields. Book jacket.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Jeremy Schipper

Jeremy Schipper (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is a Lecturer in Hebrew Bible at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is the author of Disability Studies and the Hebrew Bible (T&T Clark, 2006) and the co-editor with Hector Avalos and Sarah Melcher of This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies (Society of Biblical Literature, 2007) and Proverbs of Ashes: Conflict and Parables in the Hebrew Bible. This book will examine the relationship between parables, genre, and conflict in the Hebrew Bible.

Table Of Contents

  • Chapter One; "he Was Grounded, Surrounded, With Nothing To Say": Mephibosheth, Biblical Criticism And Disability Studies; Chapter Two; "my Teacher Mephibosheth, Is My Decision Right?": Mephibosheth In The History Of Interpretation; Chapter Three; A Body Fit For A King: Disability And The Politics Of Royal Representation In The Ancient Near East; Chapter Four; Disabling Boundaries: Mephibosheth And The Problems Of Flat Interpretation; Chapter Five; "why Do You Still Speak Of Your Affairs?": Conclusions And Implications Of This Study.

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